EDITION 11 / MAY 2008
L AT E S T N E W S F O R T H E TA N K A N D F R E I G H T C A R I N D U S T R Y
Certification of vehicle owners, introduction of safety management systems The monopolies of former state-owned railway companies are crumbling throughout Europe on account of the liberalisation of the railway market. The
revised railway law no longer sees an obligation for private freight car owners to „employ“ their cars with a railway. This leads to new and altered interfaces between private car owners and railway companies.
Owners of private freight cars in particular also have a great interest in creating a basis to prove the establishment of a proper maintenance system for their cars. Rail transport companies are also interested in a practical procedure that does not generate any extra work or costs for them.
The European Commission has addressed this problem and already submitted a proposal for a guideline to revise the safety directive on 13.12.2006, amongst others. According to this, a legal person responsible for the maintenance of a vehicle is to be named on its commissioning. The proposal also suggests the development of a voluntary certification system for the persons
„eurotank“ becomes „infoletter“ Dear readers, you have probably already noticed the change: our customer information has a new name. Since we want to provide you with a broader mix of information in future, we have changed its name from „eurotank“ to „infoletter“. Our biannual publication, launched in May 2003, is today sent out to more than 2,000 business contacts in 15 European countries in a printed and electronic form. The circulation has thus doubled since its beginnings. Over these past five years, „eurotank“ has developed into an information platform in the pan-European freight car market. In view of the encouraging response from readers, it has also appeared in English since May 2005. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of „eurotank“ and appearance of its successor „infoletter“, we have organised a reader‘s quiz in this edition. So pay attention: attractive prizes await the three main winners. Have a go, it‘s worth it! At the same time I would like to wish you „happy reading“.
Philipp Müller Delegated by the Board of Directors